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  • Individual members of all branches incl. members working in the machine industry without solidarity card pay CHF 150.- per year.
    Individual members working in the machine industry with solidarity card pay CHF 260.- per year. After handing in their solidarity card, they will receive a reimbursement of CHF 170.- (refund solidarity card: CHF 60.- and financial contribution: CHF 110.-). Net amount is CHF 150.-.
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The Work Skills You Will Need

Tuesday, 26. Oct 2021
For the working world of the future new skills are required. We tell you which.


The landscape of work has changed faster than we can keep up with in the past decades. And it will look dramatically different in another ten, twenty years. To cope with that, workers need new skills. Here, we give you an overview of these skills. If you are interested in an in-depth analysis of this topic and more details, you can find it on Apunto-Online.


This text is mainly based on the study “Future Work Skills” (2020) of the University of Phoenix Research Institute.


Six Drivers of Change
“Disruption” is the buzzword often used to describe the rapid and sometimes sudden changes in the working world. The shifts are driven by developments in society and the economy. The skills study mentions the following six main drivers of change:


  1. Extreme longevity: we live ever longer and stay healthier.
  2. Rise of smart machine and systems: workplace automation frees humans from repetitive tasks.
  3. Computational world: a massive increase in processing power makes the world a programmable system.
  4. New media ecology: new communication tools require new media literacy.
  5. Superstructured organizations: new technologies and social media are driving a reorganization of how we produce and create value.
  6. Globally connected world: Increased global interconnectivity puts diversity and adaptability at the center of organizational operations.


Ten Skills for the Future Work Force
What skills do we need in the working world shaped by these developments? The study lists 10 skills that are important for modern professionals:


  1. Sense-making: higher-level thinking skills that can’t be codified.
  2. Social intelligence: our human ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way.
  3. Novel and adaptive thinking: the proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions beyond what is rote or rule-based.
  4. Cross-cultural competency: the ability to operate in different cultural settings.
  5. Computational thinking: the ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning.
  6. New-media literacy: the ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms.
  7. Transdisciplinarity: the ability to understand concempts across multiple disciplines.
  8. Design Mindset: a design approach to our work.
  9. Cognitive load management: the ability to discriminate and filter information for importance.
10. Virtual collaboration: work in virtual teams.


Humans can concentrate on the essentials
While the study is focused on the U.S. labor market, the findings are also valid for Switzerland, as the working world is ever more globalized.


The new working world as described in the study has the potential to be more attractive than the rather routine-based old one. Boring tasks can be automated, so humans can concentrate on what is interesting and essential. But we humans must be flexible and ready to learn all our lives long.


A more detailed article on this topic can be found on Apunto-Online.


Employees Switzerland supports you in finding out exactly what you need for the new working world and offers you further training.


Hansjörg Schmid